Definition of adversity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ədˈvɜːsəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈvɜːrsəti//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. adversities) (formal)
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a difficult or unpleasant situation courage in the face of adversity He overcame many personal adversities. patience in adversity Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French adversite, from Latin adversitas, from advertere ‘turn towards’ from ad- ‘to’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
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